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Rameshwara Jyotirlinga

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 31)

Shiva Rameshwar JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on the Rameshwara Jyotirlinga on the shore of the Southern Sea where Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva for victory against Ravana. Lord Shiva appeared before him and gave him the blessings of victory.

Sri Rama worshipping Lord Shiva: When Sri Rama comes to know that Devi Sita was in Lanka, he marches with a huge army of vanaras and camps on the shore of the southern sea. There, Sri Rama makes a Parthiva Linga and worships Lord Shiva with sixteen types of ritualistic worships. He prays to Lord Shiva with great devotion to bless him for the victory of his mission against Ravana (who was also a devotee of Shiva). Sri Rama worships Lord Shiva again and again; he recites mantras, meditates and dances before the Lord. His heart was overwhelmed with devotional love.

Lord Shiva blessing Sri Rama: Shiva becomes very pleased and appears before Rama. He tells Rama to ask for a boon. Sri Rama eulogizes Lord Shiva and prays for victory against Ravana. Shiva grants him the boon. Sri Rama further requests Shiva to reside in the Linga for the welfare of all people. Shiva takes the form of a Linga and resides there. The Linga becomes famous in the world as Rameshwara. This Linga fulfils the wishes of the devotees and grants prosperity and salvation. Whoever worships this Shiva Linga with Ganga water with great devotion becomes a Jivanamukta.

Pilgrimage: Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga, Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga, Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu Rameshwara Jyotirlinga is identified with Rameshwaram temple in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.


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